West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, reveals tougher restrictions on household mixing will be imposed in Birmingham, and neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell boroughs, after a rise in infections.
Mr Street said he had been permitted to read out a statement headed “Ban on household mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull”, with the agreement of the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock – who had been due to make the announcement.
He said: “The following areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.
“The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission.”
He added that the bans applied to the whole of Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.